Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Major Test Awaiting Woods This Week

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Major Test Awaiting Woods This Week

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As golf's most dominant force, Tiger Woods was always good for the sport. Now, as golf's most high-profile enigma, he might be even more valuable.

Woods tees off at the British Open this week with his career at a crossroads. He's no longer the dominant player who won 14 major championships in 11 years and changed the landscape of golf. When Woods was at his peak, PGA Tour purses skyrocketed and television ratings surged; everyone wanted to see how much Woods would win by.

Today, Woods is a man who is clearly on the rise from rock bottom -- that came in the form of the sex scandal that ruined Woods' marriage and pristine public image, and seemingly undermined his ability to win golf tournaments. But just as clearly as he's on the rise, Woods is not what he once was.

Sure, he still can win golf tournaments. He's proven that this year as the only player on the PGA Tour with three wins. …

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